Bournemouth sign Afobe from Wolves for undisclosed fee

Date published: Sunday 10th January 2016 6:16

Benik Afobe: Signed for Bournemouth

Bournemouth have completed the signing of Benik Afobe from Wolves on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old striker has already scored 10 goals for the Championship side this season and the former Arsenal man now has a chance to prove himself in the Premier League.

Afobe has caught the eye of a host of top flight clubs having scored 32 goals for MK Dons in League One last season.

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake says he is “delighted” to have secured the signature of the talented marksman.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Blake said: “We are absolutely delighted to secure the signature of another undoubted talent in Benik Afobe.

“It has been difficult to miss Benik’s outstanding progress as a player, firstly with MK Dons and then Wolves, where he has been a consistent threat in front of goal.

“His pedigree as an Arsenal Academy product must also not be underestimated.

“Thank you to Jez Moxey and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have been a pleasure to deal with throughout negotiations.

“We look forward to seeing Benik in an AFC Bournemouth shirt soon.”

Bournemouth are currently 16th in the Premier League table in spite of losing a host of attacking talent to season-long injuries.

Callum Wilson started the campaign with five goals before injury struck, while Max Gradel is also sidelined.

As a consequence, Afobe’s goals will be needed to secure survival.

Speaking to Cherries Player HD, Afobe said: “I’m delighted. It’s been a long time coming and I am just very thankful the manager has given me this chance to be at this Premier League club – and I can’t wait to get going.

“I have done a lot for someone that’s only 22. I’ve had injuries, I’ve been out on loan to six different clubs, so I’ve played for a lot of different clubs in my young career so far.

“I’ve learned a lot definitely – good things and bad things – and I’m just going to take it all on board and keep improving while I’m here at Bournemouth.

“The manager here is a young manager so he obviously understands how young players think.

“He just wants to get the best out of me and that’s what I want to do.”

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